Make your own Moving Fish for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the year of the rooster this year by making a fish. Yes I said fish, a fish that moves. Not a real fish, a fish made from paper.

There are many outdoor celebrations to join in on in Central London this weekend, including parades and dragon dancing. The festivities will start on the 28th January. If you can’t get up there why not join in on the festivities in the comfort of your own home and do some crafts with the children.

We found a cute little paper craft on youtube.

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Marker pen/ felt tips

Method:

  • You will need a square piece of paper. If using an A4 piece of paper, fold over from the corner and cut off the access.

wp-1485349480220.jpg

  • Open up and fold the corners into the central line, like making an aeroplane

wp-1485189120491.jpg

  • Open up again and then fold on the central line.

wp-1485189120483.jpg

  • Make the fish head by cutting a curve from the folded line to the second fold line
  • Using the scissors, snip up to the fold line, starting from the narrow end and working your way along. Cut each snip about 0.5cm away from each other. Do not snip over the fold line. Leave a gap at the end as this is the head of the fish. We cut about 3/4 of the way across

wp-1485189120482.jpg

  • Now glue the side together to form a prism shape. Place glue on one side and fold over to the other side

wp-1485189120500.jpg

  • Now using another colour paper, cut out two fins and a tale. You can do them any shape you want. Once cut out, draw some lines on them or colour some scales and then stick them on to the fish’s’ body

wp-1485189120488.jpg

  • Using the same colour of the fish body, cut out the bottom of the mouth, glue it to the bottom

wp-1485189120960.jpg

  • Draw on some eyes or you could use googly eyes for a better effect

wp-1485189121005.jpg

Hold the tale and move your fish about.

wp-1485189121011.jpg

This activity is quick and fun. It helps the children with their fine motor skills, snipping the paper and folding the lines.

The whole craft took about 10 minutes. Grab the colouring pencils and put a design on your fish before you cut it up.

Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy the activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share

Moshi Monsters Marine Force

Moshi Monsters splash down at SEA LIFE centres across the UK this year to encourage youngsters to get involved with marine conservation.
 
SEA LIFE will see the introduction of the Moshi Marine Force to inspire youngsters to help protect our shores. As well as the Moshi Marine Force activity, visitors to SEA LIFE will be in with the chance to collect new Moshling, Lubber the Whimsical Whale, who will be available in-game at MoshiMonsters.com for Force members.
20140318-062527.jpg
 
As part of the Moshi Marine Force, kids visiting SEA LIFE will be able to submerge themselves in an interactive, fin-tastic quiz trails to become a fully-fledged Buster Conservation Hero, modelled on Buster Bumblechops; the Monster whose job it is to look after Moshlings in-game. There will also be six Moshlings hidden in tanks around SEA LIFE centres, swimming with clown fish, crustaceans and coral for children to find – once found, a special Lubber the Whale will be unlocked in-game and kids will get a Conservation Hero Certificate.

Special Character Appearances throughout the week (at London)

Meet the characters
  • Meet Monstro City’s number one Moshling conservationist, Buster Bumblechops.
  • Say ‘hi’ to Katsuma, the clawsome king of the karate chop!
  • Snuggle up to super-cute Poppet for a furry photo opportunity!

20140318-062509.jpg

On Sunday 16th March we was invited along to the London Sealife Aquarium by Moshi Monsters to do a bit of exploring and to sign up to the Moshi Marine Force

The boys were excited as we have never been to the Sealife Centre and extre excited to be able to meet some of the characters again and becoming a Buster’s conservation hero. As we arrived at the Aquarium we was given an activity book which had a quiz trail inside, we was to find the missing marine moshlings figures hiding in the tanks, write down where we found them and then at the end of the visit we would be able given a secret code in order to unlock a virtual Lubber in the online moshimonsters game. The activity book also has marine jokes and facts inside, something for the children to read on the way home maybe 🙂

It wasn’t after walking around the Aquarium that we spotted our first Moshling hiding in a tank, the boys were really excited and it was nice to see Joseph reading all about the marine animal that was inside the tank. Joseph was showing interest in the information, something he doesn’t normally do, he was enjoying learning about what he was reading. I love how something that he is interested in is helping him with his reading.

20140319-061928.jpg

 

Not only did the boys get to find the hidden moshlings but they also spent time looking in all of the tanks at the different marine animals that the Sealife centre had to show

DSCF6999
The Penguins were Joseph’s favourite
DSCF6991
Jak liked watching the sharks swim past us
DSCF6978
Jak even swam with the sharks 🙂
20140318-062616.jpg
Oliver met Lubber himself and wouldn’t let him go!

I asked Joseph if he had enjoyed himself and he said “Some people might think that a Sealife centre is boring, but I don’t! I found it very interesting. I had a great time and really enjoyed myself”

“The activity will take place throughout the year at all UK SEA LIFE centres starting at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium on Sunday 16th March and ending at the Brighton SEA LIFE Centre on Sunday 9th November. Participating kids can nose dive into the world of Moshi Monsters where they will be able to meet Buster, Poppet and Katsuma and also bring in their Moshlings to swap with other collectors.

Sarah Taylor, Head of Conservation at SEA LIFE, said about the activity; “We’re really excited about the creation of the Moshi Marine Force. It’s a great chance to get kids involved with all the fantastic conservation work we do and to reach out to them through the medium of Moshi Monsters.”

Commenting on the partnership, CEO and founder of Mind Candy, Michael Acton Smith said: “SEA LIFE is a great fit for us. We already have the Fishies and Sploshies Moshling sets, so it’s great that we can add Salties and Lubber the Whimsical Whale to the collection! We know how important it is to protect the environment, so we hope the Moshi Marine Force will help!”

SEA LIFE has a rich history in marine conservation, from rescuing and rehabilitating dolphins and turtles found along the UK coast, to leading research and campaigning against whaling. The Moshi Marine Force and SEA LIFE’s partnership with the global kids brand, aims to inspire the younger generation to get involved with marine conservation.”

SEA LIFE activity throughout 2014:

London 16th March – 23rd March

Great Yarmouth 29th March – 5th May

Weymouth 29th March – 5th May

Gweek 29th March – 5th May

Bray 17th May – 8th June

Scarborough 17th May – 8th June

Oban 17th May – 8th June

Loch Lomond 28th June – 17th August

Birmingham 28th July – 31st August

Manchester 19th July – 31st August

Blackpool 27th September – 9th November

Hunstanton 18th October – 9th November

Brighton 11th October – 9th November

Head on down to your nearest Sealife centre and become Buster’s Conservation Hero

 20140320-060903.jpg

 We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this review as part of being a Moshi Embassador

Share

DIY Moshi Monster Glitter Globe

If your mad about Moshi Monsters this is a fabulous little craft activity to do which is quick and easy and you have a product at the end that you can keep forever.

These snow globes make lovely little gifts for your children for the run up to Christmas.

Joseph recently saw the idea in a magazine of his and has been bugging me for ages to do it so we collected up the items that we would need and set to it.

20131003-062747.jpg

Items you will need:

  • 1 small jar with a screw on lid, we found that the perfect size was a baby food jar
  • 1 Moshi Moshling
  • Coloured glitter of your choice – white or silver would give the effect of snow
  • Extra strong glue (Only for adult use only)
  • A spare bottle lid ( water bottle) or some foam cut up small enough to fit onto the jar lid
  • Water

20131003-062727.jpg

Instructions:

  • First you will need to choose your moshling that you want to use, once you have decided on one from your many stashed away in your bedroom, you will need to get the foam or bottle lid and glue it to the lid from the jar, I found it hard to glue shiny plastic to plastic so i found that foam worked just as well. Cut you foam into small square shapes, just the right size to fit into the jar lid, making a little mountain out of them by stacking them together and glueing them all together. Once dried stick the foam onto the inside of the jar lid and them glue your moshling on to the foam. This will raise him up so you will be able to see him in the jar. Wait to dry. The sticking should only be done by a sensible adult as the glue is very strong and you can glue your fingers together (I am not a sensible adult nor is Daddy lol)

20131003-062735.jpg

 

  • Now fill your jar with water leaving a little gap about a centimeter at the top, add in your glitter. Keeping your jar upright screw on your lid with the moshling attached. Make sure it is nice and tight, you can secure the lid with a bit of glue if preferred
  • You now are ready to turn it upside down and shake away.

20131003-062815.jpg

 

20131003-062803.jpg

This activity can be done with any small toy or object, children love them. Our one sits proudly on the livingroom side along with the snow globe that the boys got at christmas

20131003-062755.jpg

Share

Sensory Bath

Oliver hasn’t been feeling himself for the past couple of days so I thought that making bath time a little bit more fun than normal would place that smile back onto his little face.

I filled up the bath and added some :
– Bubble Bath
– Bubble wand from Lush
– Glow Sticks
– Colourful bath Boats

Oliver had fun searching for the sticks under all of the bubbles and he enjoyed waving the bubble wand in the water to create more bubbles.

He searched for the boats and we talked about what colour they were, which he repeated. I hid the boats under the many bubbles that he made and he searched through them looking for the boats, I did get a couple of smiles from him but they didn’t last long before he started to yawn and told me ‘enough! Me get out!’
Bless him he would normally cry if I tried to take him out of the bath, so he must be feeling rather icky!

We did get some lovely pictures though and I am quite sure that he enjoyed himself. Since getting out of the bath he has repeated the words that he learnt, wand, bubbles, stick, yellow and blue!

20130519-142440.jpg

20130519-142541.jpg

20130519-142645.jpg

Oliver loved feeling the bubbles on his hands and kept trying to pick them up and he like swirling the sticks around in the water.

What do you add into your children’s baths to add some fun?

Share

Hoola-Hooping 136/365

The boys have new toys!

I bought the boys some hoola hoops today, they were very excited and chose the particulars that they wanted!

Jak was quite a natural at moving his little waist in little circles and kept his hoop around his waist for about 10 seconds.

Joseph done really well too! He enjoyed twisting his waist and tried his best at keeping it up. The best part of learning to hoola hoop today has got to be the laughter! It was funny watching them shake their little bodies to and fro trying to keep the hoop up.

20130516-222220.jpg

Share

Rocket Balloons

Science Experiment

A fun activity that can be done with children of any age.

You will need:

2 balloons

2 paper clips

2 straws

string

sticky tape/masking tape

Scissors

And plenty of Space

20130205-221513.jpg

 

Measure out two long pieces of string, make sure they are of equal lengths. Thread on a straw on each piece. We taped our string from one end of the room to the other but you can use be more precise in your measurements and use 2 chairs measuring out a specific length.

20130205-221521.jpg

Blow up the balloons and twist the ends and attach a paper clip to stop the air from escaping. Attach the balloons to the straws by using some sticky tape.

20130205-221531.jpg

Carefully remove the paper clips and let the balloons go together. Watch how far they travel.

20130205-221542.jpg

Get ready for take off!

By using different shaped and sized balloons, you will be able to rate what balloons travels the furthest and quickest. The air inside the balloon in under pressure causing the balloon to expel it and pushing the balloon the other way, like a rocket!

 

Share

Cravendale Epic Straw Challenge

My boys love a glass of milk especially when it has that funny powdery stuff mixed into that changes the colour slightly and tastes very yummy No! what you like! I mean Milkshake! I don’t need to push them into drinking milk as they already know how important it is to have an intake of calcium to acheive healthy strong bones and healthy teeth. Adequate Calcium can decrease a child’s chance of getting osteoporosis later on in their adult life.

The recommended intake for :-

1 to 3 years old — 700 milligrams of calcium daily

4 to 8 years old — 1000 milligrams

9 to 18 years old — 1,300 milligrams

Cravendale have come up with a fabulous new way of making sure our children get the appropriate calcium intake they need by making it fun to drink.

Be a Milk magician with EPIC STRAWS!

Get 10 Epic Straws Codes and redeem The Secret Slurper

Once you have Collected The secret slurper you can then go on to collect the other two!

Get 10 more codes and then choose your set

There are three Epic straw sets to collect The Secret Slurper, The Cereal Snaffler and The Bottle Burglar. Each one comes with an easy to follow picture instruction sheet that is colourful and simple to look at, with step by step pictures it won’t be long until you have built your creation and are ready for your calium intake with Cravendale.

Let The Slurping Commence!

Putting together the Secret Slurper

The Boys had lots of fun with the straws and easily drank a whole glass of milk each! Even daddy had to have a go as he can never miss out on any fun activity the boys are involved in. All i could hear was “It’s my turn now” “You’ve drunk all the milk” “Let me have a go now” and lots of giggles so i know that they really enjoyed it. They are pretty much hands on boys and like to design and build things together, they are forever in there bedroom building the next big thing with the lego or gluing things together to make new buildings or trains, so i set them a task to build a new Epic Straw set!

This is what jak came up with!

He is very proud of his little creation and calls it The Super Spy Set as he says that you can look through it like binoculars while drinking at the same time.

Why not join in on the fun and sign up with Cravendale, save the voucher codes on their 2 litre bottles and get slurping yourselves, you will never want to drink milk normally again!

Thank you to Britmums for sending us our Epic Straws to test out 🙂

Share